The most important news at a glance:
- For the first time woman to top the doctors union (19:42 clock)
- Steinmeier appeal: Break new walls! (6:50 pm)
- Thousands in Bielefeld against neo-Nazi march (17.07 clock)
- Man with cut off female hands in backpack from river rescued (14.34 clock)
- Dead by devastating bushfires in Australia (11:16 am)
- Brazil's ex-president released from custody (5:25 am)
The news of the weekend in the star-Ticker:
+++ 19:42: Susanne Johna as the first woman at the head of the Marburger Bund +++
The medical union Marburger Bund is headed by a woman for the first time. The internist and state chairman of the Marburg Federation of Hesse, Susanne Johna, received at the General Assembly in Berlin 116 of 209 votes, as the Marburg Federation announced. Her competitor, the doctor Andreas Botzlar, national chairman of the Marburg Confederation of Bavaria, received 93 votes. He was confirmed as 2nd Chairman. Johna replaces Rudolf Henke, who after 12 years in office did not run again and was appointed Honorary Chairman of the Association by the Annual General Meeting.
+++ 18.50 clock: Steinmeier appeals to Germans: Break new walls again! +++
On the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier appealed to the Germans to tear down newly-formed walls in society since 1989. “The Great Wall, this inhuman structure that has claimed so many victims, is no longer standing – this wall is gone, once and for all,” he said at the Berlin Wall Festival in Berlin. “But across our land new walls have been built, walls of frustration, walls of rage and hatred, walls of speechlessness and alienation, walls that are invisible but still divide, walls that stand in the way of our cohesion.” The Berlin Wall had established the DDR regime of injustice. “But we have built the new walls in our country, and only ourselves can tear them down,” Steinmeier said. “So we do not watch, we do not complain about it: Let's break down those walls!”
+++ Investigations: Son of AfD politician should have received death threats +++
The son of a Berlin AfD country politician is said to have received death threats from classmates. The 16-year-old said that classmates had threatened him and his family for some time, police said. They would have threatened him with death, said a police spokesman on request. According to initial findings of the police, the background should be the political commitment of the father, who is a member of the AFD parliamentary group in the Berlin House of Representatives. Therefore, the police state security took over the investigation. The threats are said to have been sent, inter alia, via a text message service. The student had therefore turned on Friday to the school management, this alarmed the police. The teenager called the officials three suspicious classmates aged 15, 16 and 18 years.
+++ 17.07 clock: Thousands demonstrate against neo-Nazi march in Bielefeld +++
Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Bielefeld for a neo-Nazi march. The approximately 230 participants on behalf of the party The rights and the approximately 4,800 participants from a total of 14 counter-demos held the police by his own statement with numerous blocks. Incidents were initially not reported. Just to the 81st anniversary of the National Socialist November pogroms in honor of an imprisoned, repeatedly convicted Holocaust denier, the right had called for a march through Bielefeld. The police were with about 1000 forces from all over North Rhine-Westphalia on the spot. It prohibited the right-wing statements that could incite hatred against sections of the population or disrupted public peace, and sent the chairman a list of banned slogans. For reports, there had nevertheless been Holocaust denying statements, there was initially no official confirmation. Trade unions, churches, associations and political parties have joined forces against the neo-Nazis under the motto “Fascism is not an opinion but a crime”.
+++ 14:34 clock: Man with cut off female hands in the backpack from river rescued +++
A man with two severed female hands in a backpack has been rescued from a river in the middle of St. Petersburg, northern Russia. He had a weapon with him, the police said. He had come to the hospital with hypothermia. The man, born in 1956, is suspected of having murdered a woman who was unknown at first.
Russian media reported that the suspect wanted to sink his backpack in the river Moika. When this did not succeed, he should have jumped into the water. In his home, a female body, a head, and a bloody saw were reportedly found. At first the police only reported that there were searches.
+++ 13:38: Beatles photographer Robert Freeman died at the age of 82 years +++
The famous Beatles photographer Robert Freeman died at the age of 82 years. “He was one of our favorite photographers during the Beatles years, who realized some of our most legendary album art,” ex-Beatle Paul McCartney praised the deceased on his website. Former band member Ringo Starr also expressed his condolences: “God bless Robert Freeman, peace and love for his whole family,” he wrote in a tweet.
+++ 12:23: Storms in Asia: dead in the Philippines +++
Four people, two of them children, died in a storm in the Philippines. Typhoon Nakri has caused floods and landslides in the north of the country and displaced more than 21 000 people from their homes, said the Civil Protection on Saturday. The youngest victim was only ten, another 14 years old. The storm had since Tuesday brought strong wind and heavy rain, especially in the province of Cagayan. The Southeast Asian island nation is hit by about 20 typhoons each year.
+++ 11.16 clock: At least two dead by devastating bushfires in Australia +++
At least two people died in the devastating bushfires of eastern Australia. Seven more people were missing, as the head of state of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian, announced. According to the fire department, a hundred houses were destroyed by the flames on Friday. More than 30 people were injured, most of them firefighters.
One of the victims was found in a car according to the rescue services, a woman had died despite hours of medical rescue efforts. The number of dead could increase during the day, said Berejiklian. Despite a small breather on Saturday, the weather forecast for the coming week suggests that “the worst is not over yet”.
+++ 9.38 clock: Pistorius and Köpping support Scholz and Geywitz in runoff election to SPD tip +++
In the competition for the SPD presidency, the candidate duo Olaf Scholz and Klara Geywitz have won other prominent supporters. Lower Saxony's Interior Minister Boris Pistorius, who had also applied with Petra Köpping for the party leadership, said the “New Osnabrücker Zeitung”, 30 years after the fall of the Berlin need the SPD “an East-West double top”. It is about different life experiences and perspectives. “That's why we will support Klara Geywitz and Olaf Scholz in the run-off election.”
+++ 7:48 am: Police in Hong Kong arrest pro-democracy MPs +++
Hong Kong police reportedly arrested three pro-democracy MPs on Saturday for their involvement in a crackdown in the Hong Kong parliament last May. Four other MPs said they had been asked to visit a police station on Friday. The mass protests in Hong Kong have been going on for five months. At night vigils for a deceased demonstrator, there were again clashes between demonstrators and the police on Friday.
+++ 6.18 clock: No meeting of CDU leader with Left Prime Minister Ramelow +++
There will not be a meeting of Thuringia's CDU leader Mike Mohring with left-wing Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow for the foreseeable future. The offer of talks by Ramelow, with whose acceptance Mohring had provided for the Thuringian state election nationwide for debates, had “done until further notice,” said a spokesman for the Prime Minister on request in Erfurt. Reason is that Mohring publicly presented a short message from Ramelow and thus violated the discretion. A meeting of the CDU party and faction leader with Ramelow was at times understood as a possible opening of the CDU to the left.
+++ 5:25 am: “Lula is free”: Brazil's ex-president released from prison +++
The ex-president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who has been sentenced to a long prison sentence, is now released again. After 580 days behind bars, the 74-year-old left the police headquarters of Curitiba on Friday, where he had served since April 2018 a prison sentence for corruption. Shortly before, a judge had ordered his temporary release in the city in the south of the country.
The former head of state was greeted enthusiastically by numerous supporters as he stepped out of the gate of the police headquarters alongside his lawyers and the chairman of his Labor Party (PT), Gleisi Hoffmann. “Lula is free, Lula is free,” chanted the crowd. He stretched a clenched fist to the sky and hugged many people.
+++ 2.38 clock: strikes at Lufthansa ended +++
The strike of the cabin crew union Ufo at Lufthansa, which began on Thursday, has ended. After 48 hours, the match was over, said a spokeswoman for the airline early Saturday morning. On Friday, as on the previous day, hundreds of flights had failed, tens of thousands of travelers remained on the ground. The Ufo had the Lufthansa core company since early Thursday morning strike. The airline had therefore canceled a total of 1500 flights and spoke of 200 000 passengers concerned.
+++ 2.13 clock: Schäuble criticized large coalition: “Not optimal” +++
Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU) expressed his skepticism about the consequences of the grand coalition of the Union and the SPD for Germany's political system. “The grand coalition has made a lot of progress, but opinion polls such as election results show that there is still room for improvement in the political leadership role of giving people direction,” said Schäuble of the “Passauer Neue Presse” newspaper. Asked whether the grand coalition also contributes to strengthening the political margins, and above all to the electoral success of the AfD, Schäuble replied: “Political competition should be decided in the middle, but then we have to fight for alternatives in the middle The cooperation of the major political camps is not the optimal solution. “
+++ 0:47 clock: American Airlines sweeps Boeing 737 Max flights until the beginning of March +++
The American airline American Airlines expects to be able to use the aircraft type Boeing 737 Max at the earliest from 5 March 2020 again. This was announced by the company. Previously, the airline had targeted January 16 as a date for the resumption of flights with these machines, which are occupied after two crashes with a start ban. Now these will be deleted from the flight plan for another month and a half. The deadline has thus been repeatedly extended.